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by: Caroline Westbrook - Last updated: 2004-01-26

Sarah Jessica Parker

Sarah Jessica Parker

Actress Sarah Jessica Parker was among the winners at this year’s Golden Globe Awards, picking up the prize for Best Actress in a Comedy for her role in Sex And The City.

Parker, who plays journalist Carrie Bradshaw in the hit TV show, beat competition from the likes of Will And Grace star Debra Messing and Alicia Silverstone in Miss Match to take the award.


Winners in the film categories included Sean Penn, who won Best Dramatic Actor for his role in Clint Eastwood’s thriller Mystic River, while Michael Douglas was recipient of the honorary Cecil B DeMille award – a prize which his father, actor Kirk Douglas, won in 1968. “My father couldn’t make it here tonight,” Douglas said, “but if Kirk was here I would acknowledge him for his stamina, for his endurance and for his great sense of material.”


Fashion photographer Helmut Newton has died after a car crash in Los Angeles. Newton, who was 83, was pulling out of a car park at the Chateau Marmont Hotel in Hollywood when he lost control of the vehicle he was driving. The photographer was born in Berlin in 1920 and fled Germany in 1938, living first in Singapore and then Australia where he eventually became a citizen. Over the years he became renowned for his portraits of scantily-clad models, with his work appearing in such publications as Playboy and Vogue.


Two prominent Jewish leaders in the US have joined the debate over Mel Gibson’s controversial film The Passion Of The Christ, saying the film could cause “tremendous harm”. Abraham Foxman, chief of the Anti-Defamation League, saw the film after sneaking into a screening for Christian ministers at a Florida convention. He said that it was “as bad as can be…it portrays the Jews as bloodthirsty”. Meanwhile Rabbi Marvin Hier, head of the Simon Wiesenthal Centre in Los Angeles, described the film as “terrible…it will cause tremendous harm and be a delight to all enemies of the Jewish people”. A spokesperson for Gibson said that a final cut of the film, which is due to open in the US at the end of February, has not yet been made. It is released in the UK on March 26.


Dustin Hoffman is to star as Ben Stiller’s father in the sequel to Meet The Parents. Meet The Fockers will begin filming later this year and is set for release in 2005. Hoffman can currently be seen in The Runaway Jury, alongside Rachel Weisz. Stiller, meanwhile, is currently top of the US box office with his latest film Along Came Polly, which also stars Will And Grace’s Debra Messing and Simpsons voice man Hank Azaria. It’s released in the UK at the end of February.


In Brief:

Digital channel Living has bought the UK rights to Alicia Silverstone’s new TV series Miss Match. The show, which will make its debut on the channel next month, stars Silverstone as a lawyer with a sideline in arranging dates.


Nicole Kidman is reportedly set to join the cast of The Producers, the film of the Broadway hit to be written and produced by Mel Brooks. Nathan Lane and Matthew Broderick, who played Max Bialystock and Leo Bloom on Broadway, are both set to reprise their roles in the film, which is due out in 2005.


Veteran singer Art Garfunkel has been charged with marijuana possession after being arrested in upstate New York. The 62-year-old was found to have a small quantity of the drug in his jacket pocket after he was detained by police for speeding. He is due in court later this week…


Happy birthday to: actress Jennifer Crystal, daughter of Billy Crystal (30 on January 26), actress Sara Gilbert, best known for the US sitcom Roseanne (28 on January 29)